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NAME ^

SVG::Plot - a simple module to take one or more sets of x,y points and plot them on a plane

SYNOPSIS ^

   use SVG::Plot;
   my $points = [ [0, 1, 'http://uri/'], [2, 3, '/uri/foo.png'] ];
   my $plot = SVG::Plot->new(
                              points      => $points,
                              debug       => 0,
                              scale       => 0.025,
                              max_width   => 800,
                              max_height  => 400,
                              point_size  => 3,
                              point_style => {
                                               fill   => 'blue',
                                               stroke => 'yellow',
                                             },
                              line        => 'follow',
                              margin      => 6,
                            ); 

   # -- or --
   $plot->points($points);
   $plot->scale(4);

   print $plot->plot;

DESCRIPTION ^

a very simple module which allows you to give one or more sets of points [x co-ord, y co-ord and optional http uri]) and plot them in SVG.

$plot->points($points) where $points is a reference to an array of array references.

see new for a list of parameters you can give to the plot. (overriding the styles on the ponts; sizing a margin; setting a scale; optionally drawing a line ( line => 'follow' ) between the points in the order they are specified.

METHODS ^

new
  use SVG::Plot;

  # Simple use - single set of points, all in same style.
  my $points = [ [0, 1, 'http://uri/'], [2, 3, '/uri/foo.png'] ];
  my $plot = SVG::Plot->new(
                             points      => \@points,
                             point_size  => 3,
                             point_style => {
                                              fill   => 'blue',
                                              stroke => 'yellow',
                                            },
                             line        => 'follow',
                             debug       => 0,
                             scale       => 0.025,
                             max_width   => 800,
                             max_height  => 400,
                             margin      => 6,
                           );

  # Prepare to plot two sets of points, in distinct styles.
  my $pubs      = [
      [ 522770, 179023, "http://example.com/?Andover_Arms" ],
      [ 522909, 178232, "http://example.com/?Blue Anchor"  ] ];
  my $stations  = [
      [ 523474, 178483, "http://example.com/?Hammersmith" ] ];
  my $pointsets = [ { points      => $pubs,
                      point_size  => 3,
                      point_style => { fill => "blue" }
                    },
                    { points      => $stations,
                      point_size  => 5,
                      point_style => { fill => "red" }
                    } ];
  my $plot = SVG::Plot->new(
                             pointsets  => $pointsets,
                             scale      => 0.025,
                             max_width  => 800,
                             max_height => 400,
                           );

To pass options through to SVG, use the svg_options parameter:

  SVG::Plot->new( points      => $points,
                  svg_options => { -nocredits => 1 }
                );

You can define the boundaries of the plot:

  SVG::Plot->new(
    grid => { min_x => 1,
              min_y => 2,
              max_x => 15,
              max_y => 16 }
  );

or

  $plot->grid($grid)

This is like a viewbox onto the plane of the plot. If it's not specified, the module works out the viewbox from the highest and lowest X and Y co-ordinates in the list(s) of points.

Note that the actual margin will be half of the value set in margin, since half of it goes to each side.

If max_width and/or max_height is set then scale will be reduced if necessary in order to keep the width down.

If debug is set to true then debugging information is emitted as warnings.

If point_size is set to AUTO then Algorithm::Points::MinimumDistance will be used to make the point circles as large as possible without overlapping, within the constraints of min_point_size (which defaults to 1) and max_point_size (which defaults to 10). Note that if you have multiple pointsets then the point circle sizes will be worked out per set.

All arguments have get_set accessors like so:

  $plot->point_size(3);

The point_size, point_style attributes of the SVG::Plot object will be used as defaults for any pointsets that don't have their own style set.

plot
  print $plot->plot;

plot will croak if the object has a max_width or max_height attribute that is smaller than its margin attribute, since this is impossible.

NOTES ^

this is an early draft, released mostly so Kake can use it in OpenGuides without having non-CPAN dependencies.

for an example of what one should be able to do with this, see http://space.frot.org/rdf/tubemap.svg ... a better way of making meta-information between the lines, some kind of matrix drawing; cf the grubstreet link below, different styles according to locales, sets, conceptual contexts...

it would be fun to supply access to different plotting algorithms, not just for the cartesian plane; particularly the buckminster fuller dymaxion map; cf Geo::Dymaxion, when that gets released (http://iconocla.st/hacks/dymax/ )

to see work in progress, http://un.earth.li/~kake/cgi-bin/plot2.cgi?cat=Pubs&cat=Restaurants&cat=Tube&colour_diff_this=loc&action=display

BUGS ^

possibly. this is alpha in terms of functionality, beta in terms of code; the API won't break backwards, though.

AUTHOR ^

    Jo Walsh  ( jo@london.pm.org )
    Kate L Pugh ( kake@earth.li )
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